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Why Not A Luxury Tax/Revenue Sharing System?

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The NHL chose the wrong cost-containment mechanism. It should have emerged from the lockout with a luxury-tax/revenue-sharing system like the one in baseball because hockey’s structure is much more like baseball’s than it is other sports’.

“Absolutely,” said Chris Pronger. The newest well-paid Flyer then nodded toward Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. “But I’m not going to tell him that.”

NHL teams carry 18 players and use every one of them. Baseball teams carry 25 and do likewise. Each team makes its own local television deal, and those deals vary as wildly as they do in baseball. The Yankees may spend way more on salaries than the Royals do, but they collect hundreds of millions more in television revenue, too. High-revenue teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox have been underwriting the smaller-market teams since baseball’s 1994 strike.

Teams that sell out their stadiums and have healthy television contracts can afford to spend more, do spend more, and can attempt to fix their ills quickly. It doesn’t guarantee success for all. But far more often than not, it provides baseball’s postseason with at least one of its more storied franchises.

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Report- Yankee Stadium Appears Out As Winter Classic Destination

from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,

The window of opportunity to bring the NHL’s Winter Classic to Yankee Stadium in 2011 has been closed.

In September, the Yankees announced a new college football bowl to be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there was a slim hope that until a television deal was reached, the game could be moved for one year to allow Yankee Stadium to host the annual outdoor NHL game.

But two industry sources said Wednesday that ESPN soon will announce a deal to televise the bowl game, with one source pinpointing the game would be played Dec. 30 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” one source said.

However, that source indicated there still was interest on the part of the NHL and NBC to have the game in New York.

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Say No To Winter Classic In Dallas

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails…

I’m sorry, but a Winter Classic in Dallas just doesn’t sound right. ... Isn’t the point of the Winter Classic to bring hockey back to its outdoor roots? Cold, snow, a biting wind—that is where hockey started; not in the 60-70 degree heat of a Dallas winter. Not to mention that the Cowboys’ stadium is practically indoors so that kind of puts a damper on the outdoor game thing as well….

LeBrun:  I’m with you, I’d rather play the Winter Classic in northern climates, where outdoor hockey actually has a history. But the fact is, this thing is getting so huge, every NHL owner wants a piece of it now. And because of the amazing abilities of the ice plant machine the NHL bought two years ago, it’s believed you can pretty much hold the game anywhere. Eventually, after we’ve had games in New York and Denver and Minnesota and other northern NHL markets, we’re going to have to eventually accept that the Winter Classic will go to more southern markets

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30 Hockey Points

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Miro Satan’s agent – Allan Walsh – took offence to my critique of his client’s work ethic this week. (The suggestion I should go back to “Hockey Scouting 101” was pretty funny.) It is true that he showed an excellent attitude as a cap casualty in Pittsburgh last season, having to go to the minors. Maybe he’s matured as an older player, but there’s no doubt he wasn’t an “every night guy” for much of his career.

• I rarely, if ever, get nervous anymore, but certainly was to interview Bobby Orr live for the first time ever. I called him “Mr. Orr.” He looked at me and said, “It’s Bobby.” We are coming up to the 40th anniversary of his famous 1970 Cup-winner. Geez, I’m getting old.

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At The Halfway Point Of The NHL Regular Season

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

FIRST-HALF FAVES

NHL leading scorer Joe Thornton, Jonathan Quick, John Tavares, the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Miller, Marian Gaborik, Tomas Plekanec, Steve Sullivan’s comeback, Steve Yzerman’s Hall of Fame induction speech.

WHAT HAPPENED TO ...

The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Alexei Kovalev (his four goals yesterday aside), Tim Thomas, Olli Jokinen, Phil Kessel, the KHL and the NHLPA executive.

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Hockey Talk On A Sunday Morning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

• People who have watched Jiri Hudler with Moscow Dynamo say his heart’s not in it, but as one NHL executive says, “How do you turn your back on $10 million?” I’m sure he’ll be back in Detroit in two years. I know one thing: If the Red Wings knew Hudler was bolting for Russia, they would have moved to keep winger Mikael Samuelsson. Instead, they saved money for Hudler, who is seven years younger.

- - The Wings don’t feel Johan Franzen (knee) will be back until mid-February, so the Olympics are out, but if he somehow makes a quicker recovery, they have no objection to the Swedes adding him.

• The NHL is taking bids for next year’s Icemen Cometh outdoor game, but come on, if Alex Ovechkin, the best player in the game, isn’t on the bill at Yankee Stadium for the Washington Capitals against the New York Rangers, they’re missing the boat.

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Morning Line

Winter Classic aimed at Americans and non-hockey fans; WJC for Canadians with true passion for the sport.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star on his Twitter

Any other truly passionate American hockey fans feel like this is a shot at us?.

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Hotstove Talks Winter Classic

from CBC,

Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove Panel added their thoughts on the future of the outdoor game, after Hockey Night in Canada analyst Elliotte Friedman shared that the event has generated interest as far south as Dallas.

Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has expressed interest in hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic at the new Cowboys stadium, Friedman said.

“It would be a huge financial windfall, but of course, it wouldn’t be a true Winter Classic,” said Friedman.

The latest Winter Classic matchup, between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, was widely acclaimed as the best in the event’s three-year history.

Major networks and the NHL are now more excited about the Winter Classic than the Stanley Cup playoffs, said host Ron MacLean.

continued and LeBrun mentioned during this segment that Thrashers GM Waddell wants an answer on the Kovalchuk contract situation by Monday. 

added 10:46pm, Watch tonight’s Hotstove segment below…

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Americanization Of Our Game

from Ross Brewitt at the St. Thomas Times-Journal,

If I may, I’d like to bring to your attention a situation that’s evolved over many years, and has finally becoming irritating. I’m speaking of the Americanization of hockey.

It’s not the latest “one suit fits all” uniforms. Does it really matter that the League presently looks like Momma Bettman bought all the kiddies back-to-school outfits at the GAP? Naw.

No, it’s more that Americans tend to popularize a misinterpretation of terms, coupled with lingering misconstrued basics. Many times, strictly in the interest of making them qualified fans of a game they admittedly love, I have instructed Yankee friends that if they want to avoid being pegged as misinformed Americans, by Canadians, then a slight adjustment is in order.

Example. A play is offside, not “offsides.” It’s not “he played his juniors,” it’s simply he played junior. The team is not in the “locker room.” Locker rooms are found in health clubs, country clubs, bus terminals, and police stations. For hockey purposes, they’re in the dressing room.

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The Future Of The Winter Classic

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“We could do lots of these,” Bettman said. “But nobody is suggesting that is the right answer at this point.”

The NHL is planning to continue the tradition for now, and will begin next week to reviewing bids for next year’s game. The league is also looking at the possibility of a second game between two Canadian teams.

“But that’s not even a done deal yet,” Bettman said.

Here is a list of some of the American venues that USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen would like to see given the opportunity to host Winter Classics.

Yankee Stadium: Baseball stadiums seem to provide a more picturesque setting and there are multiple matchup possibilities. With John Tavares now on Long Island, a New York Rangers vs. Islanders matchup has appeal, as does Rangers vs. any Original Six team or Rangers vs. Flyers.

Michigan Stadium: Whenever the NHL wants to pack more than 100,000 into an arena for an outdoor game, they just have to announce the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Red Wings in the Big House. There will be as many Maple Leafs fans as Red Wings fans. They will sell 110,000-plus tickets.

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